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It's time to close our mouths, for those of us who still had it hanging open after last week's Season 6, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones: Episode 3 is right around the corner and there's a lot to look forward to.

Mainly, considering the show is renown for using episode titles loaded with significance, there's a lot to speculate about why Episode 3 is named "Oathbreaker." With Jon Snow being the center of attention after his epic return from the dead, could it be that the broken oath will be his?

Death Can Break An Oath, Right?


Surely Jon Snow would be more than happy to leave the Night's Watch after having been assassinated for his attitude towards the Wildlings. When he joined, he had to swear to give his life for the brotherhood, but since he technically died, it's only logical that he's now free from this oath.

Is There Going To Be Round 2 Of Thorne vs. Snow?


This newfound freedom would leave him with several options, the most likely one being that he would go up against Ramsay Bolton to take back the North. But could he take revenge on Alliser Thorne as well — if the old man hasn't already died from a heart attack at the news of Snow's resurrection?

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, the actor playing Thorne, Owen Teale, revealed that there might be light on the Night Watch's gloomy horizon. Asked what the next step for Thorne was, he teased a potential reconciliation:

"Coming to peace with Jon Snow. That's quite something, if you think about it, coming to peace and understanding with Jon Snow. I can't say more than that."

Going Through Death Is 'A Transformative Experience'


What's certain is that Snow will come back from the dead completely changed. Back in 2011, George R. R. Martin had already explained that a character coming back to life wasn't just good news.

"I do think that if you're bringing a character back, that a character has gone through death, that's a transformative experience...My characters who come back from death are worse for wear. In some ways, they're not even the same characters anymore. The body may be moving, but some aspect of the spirit is changed or transformed, and they've lost something."

Kit Harington himself hinted at the emotional toll this roundtrip to the afterlife will have taken on his character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"At first, I was worried that he'll wake up and he's the same, back to normal — then there's no point in that death. He needs to change. There's a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: 'What did you see?' And he says: 'Nothing, there was nothing at all.' That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there's nothing after death. And that's the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon's never been afraid of death, and that's made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that's all there is. He's been over the line and there's nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of God into him. He's seen oblivion and that's got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn't want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn't want to be brought back."

His new outlook on life will certainly have consequences on his bond with the brotherhood, and things might not go down smoothly even if the Night's Watch recognizes his oath has been broken.

Who's Going To Be The 'Oathbreaker'?


But there are other contenders to the title of "Oathbreaker" as well. Could it be a hint to Brienne of Tarth's Oathkeeper sword? A reference to Ned Stark? Or is it about Jaime Lannister breaking his vows? I guess we'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.

Episode 3, Season 6 of Game of Thrones airs May 8 on HBO.


What do you think will be Jon Snow's new attitude towards the Night's Watch?

Sources: Reddit, The Hollywood Reporter, Bullseye, Entertainment Weekly


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